City Colleges trustees are set to approve online degree program

  • By Peter Sachs
  • Staff Writer
  • April 01, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

Students at the City Colleges of Chicago may soon be able to get their associate's degrees without ever setting foot on campus.

The district has enough courses offered online that students will be able to take all of their required classes via computer for associate in arts, associate in science and associate in general studies programs, spokeswoman Elsa Tullos says.

“When the online program was introduced, we didn’t offer enough courses online to qualify to have approval for degrees, so now there are enough courses,” she says.

The City Colleges currently offer about 100 courses online on dozens of topics through its Center for Distance Learning. But up until now, students taking those courses would have to take a handful of classes on campus to finish their degrees.

The Board of Trustees for the district is scheduled to vote on the change at its meeting tomorrow morning. 

“We’ve added courses online and so we’ll be applying to offer degrees 100-percent online,” Tullos says.

That can make earning degrees much easier for students who would otherwise have to squeeze class time at one of the district’s seven campuses in between work and family obligations. Instead, students will be able to submit papers and catch up on lectures online whenever they have free time.

The monthly meeting of the City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at the district office, 226 W. Jackson Boulevard.

The Higher Learning Commission must approve the online degree program before it is implemented, City Colleges officials say.

Daily News Staff Writer Peter Sachs covers higher education. He can be reached at 773.362.5002, ext. 18, or peter [at] chitowndailynews [dot] org.